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Meaning of please by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /pliːz/
    • Rhymes: -iːz
    • Homophone: pleas

    Etymology 1

    Middle English plesen, plaisen, from Old French plaise, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placēre ( “to please, to seem good” )[1], from the Proto-Indo-European *plā-k- ( “wide and flat” ). Displaced native Middle English quemen, queamen ( “to please” ) ( from Old English cwēman ( “to please” ) ), Middle English biluvien ( “to please, delight” ) ( from Middle English bi-, be- + luvien ( “to love” ) ), Middle English liken ( “to like, please” ) ( from Old English līcian ( “to please, be like” ) ), Middle English lusten, listen ( “to be pleasing, delight” ) ( from Old English lystan ( “to please” ) ) .

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    please ( third-person singular simple present pleases present participle pleasing, simple past and past participle pleased )

    1. ( transitive ) To make happy or satisfy; to give pleasure .
      Her presentation pleased the executives .
    2. ( intransitive, ergative ) To desire; to will; to be pleased .
      Just do as you please .
    • ( to make happy ): annoy, irritate, disgust, displease
    Related terms

    Etymology 2

    Short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it pleases you,[1][2] which replaced pray .

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    please ( not comparable )

    1. Used to make a polite request .
      Please, pass the bread .
      Would you please sign this form?
      Could you tell me the time, please?
    2. Used as an affirmative to an offer .
      —May I help you? —Please .
    3. An expression of annoyance or impatience .
      Oh, please, do we have to hear that again?
    Derived terms

    See also

    1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 “please” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006 .
    2. ^ “please” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary ( 2001 ) .



Explanation of please by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give pleasure to or be pleasing to

    2. These colors please the senses
      a pleasing sensation
    3. give satisfaction

    4. The waiters around her aim to please
    5. be the will of or have the will ( to )

    6. he could do many things if he pleased
    1. used in polite request

    2. please pay attention

    Definition of please by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Please v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.] [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.]
      1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.

      I pray to God that it may plesen you. Chaucer.

      What next I bring shall please thee, be assured. Milton.

      2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.

      Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he. Ps. cxxxv. 6.

      A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech. J. Edwards.

      3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. “It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.” Col. i. 19.

      To-morrow, may it please you. Shak.

      To be pleased in or To be pleased with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in. -- To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it. Dryden.

    2. Please v. i.
      1. To afford or impart pleasure; to excite agreeable emotions.

      What pleasing scemed, for her now pleases more. Milton.

      For we that live to please, must please to live. Johnson.

      2. To have pleasure; to be willing, as a matter of affording pleasure or showing favor; to vouchsafe; to consent.

      Heavenly stranger, please to taste

      These bounties. Milton.

      That he would please 8give me my liberty. Swift.